Trip Duration : 10N / 11D
Trekking Code: STE/ER/01
Grade: Soft adventure trek
Activity: Trekking and Cultural Tour
Starts and ends in: Kathmandu
Trek type: TH (Tea House / Lodge)
Accommodation: Hotel, lodge (tea house)
Transportation: Flights, private car or tourist bus
Maximum Altitude: 3908m
An Everest View... At Your Pace - 11 Days
his trek is a soft one gentle on the limbs and as cool as it gets as you hike through the middle hills of the ‘Khumbu’ into tranquil monasteries where the lamas warmly greet us and offer us some hot butter tea, briefly enlightening us about their surroundings and religious superstitions, its interesting to interact with them. This helps us release our own demons in the quiet of these Himalayas while relishing the views of some of the tallest and most scenic peaks on earth…
After we-off load at the Lukla airport, our hike begins on the banks of the Dudh Koshi river walking through pretty Sherpa villages brimming with life and stop by for a chat with these happy-go-lucky folks who take life as it comes despite the harsh conditions they live in and the congenial warmth they greet us with is truly heartwarming. Walking the paths in this sublime region with flowing meadows and pasturing animals gives us a sense of McDonald’s farm or like it is at home. Altitude wouldn’t be a worry hereabouts, the highest elevation we go up to is Pangboche at [3908m] where we find an old monastery that still retains its originality, without any renovations but well maintained since the time of its construction. The renowned Thyangboche monastery will also be a welcome visit on the way as it stands high on an inclined ridge, commanding some of the most jaw-dropping views of Mt. Amadablam - a spectacle to watch. This trek is also known as the‘Everest Panorama Trek’ making ‘An Everest View – At Your Pace’’ a short homely journey of pleasant surprises, lingering in your memories for one long time to come… this program also includes an exciting absorbing cultural tour of Nepal’s iconic heritage monuments.
This odyssey of almost 2 weeks presents us a grand array of famous peaks that include: Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Kantega, peaks that have seen the footfalls of legendary climbers for decades. We view huge glaciers, rambling snowfields and gleaming ice ridges that radiate bright blips of light in the sunshine. We experience some lovely nature walks through dark forests, rolling pastures and stroll by groups of rhododendron flowers in the pre-monsoon, and the reds and gold ones of autumn in the post-monsoons. ‘An Everest View – At Your Pace’’ is a nutshell venture and the perfect choice for those cramped on time but don’t want to miss the exceptional beauty of this gorgeous region…
Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Free at your own leisure
Flight to Lukla & trek to Phakding
Trek to Namche (3450m)
Trek to Khumjung [3786m]
Trek to Thyangboche [3864m]
Excursion to Pangboche [3908m]
Trek to Chumoa [27008m]
Trek to Lukla [2900m]
Drive to Kathmandu
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and over night at your hotel.
Day 2: Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding [2656m]
A flight to Lukla and a landing on a steep mountain runway brings us to the start of our trek at the village of Lukla [2850m]. After meeting the crew, we head up the Dudh Koshi Valley on a well-marked trail and then stay overnight in Phakding. Overnight lodge [teahouse]
Day 4: Trek to Namche [3450m]
From Phakding, we cross and re-cross the river on high suspension bridges. Beyond Monjo is the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park which was set-up in order to protect and preserve the fragile mountain environment. We then take a steep hike to Namche. If the weather is clear, we get the first glimpse of Mt Everest. Namche is the main trading village in the Khumbu and has a busy Saturday market - a meeting place for the Hindu traders from the lowlands and the Tibetan yak caravans that have crossed the glaciated Nangpa La. Overnight lodge [TH]
Day 5: Trek to Khumjung [3786m]
After breakfast, as we ascend from Namche Bazaar, we pass the airstrip at Syangboche and the Japanese-built Everest View Hotel. From the hotel, there are outstanding views of the valley and Everest. We walk to the chocolate box village of Khumjung with many old traditional houses as well as a Gompa at the top end of town. At the nearby village of Khunde, is the famous hospital built by late Sir Edmund Hillary, an important center of health care in the region. No one has done as much as Sir Edmund has in this wonderful region. Overnight lodge [TH]
Day 6: Trek to Thyangboche [3864m]
From Namche, the trail contours on to the side of the valley, high above the Dudh Koshi. We get our first really good views of the great peaks of the Khumbu including Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. Passing by several villages and numerous tea shops, we descend steeply to a bridge over the river at Phunki Tenga. The village is an ideal stopover for lunch. Here we can rest before making the steep climb to Tengboche. Although the hike up the zigzag path is tiring, it presents us with many beautiful sights of rhododendron bushes with beautiful birds and superb mountain scenery. Tengboche is famous for its legendary monastery, the largest in the Khumbu. A spectacular panorama of Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam rising in the horizon can be seen from the campsite.
Day 7: Excursion to Pangboche [3908m]
After breakfast, we do an excursion to Pangboche Monastery and the nunnery at Deboche. The monastery at Pangboche, founded in 1667, is the oldest in the Khumbu region. The stunning views of Ama Dablam are the primary attraction of today's walk. Overnight lodge
Day 8: Trek to Chumoa [2708m]
From Thyangboche, we head back down through the forest to Phunki Tenga with its water-driven prayer wheels. With the Everest and Lhotse receding at the distance, we make our way back down to Namche and descend further to Chumoa. Overnight lodge
Day 9: Trek to Lukla [2900m]
Our final day's trekking follows the Dudh Koshi back down to Lukla. This last evening in the mountains presents an ideal opportunity for a farewell party with the Sherpa guides and porters. We get to sample chang (local beer), try some Sherpa dance steps and end the trek on a merry note. Overnight at our lodge
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu
We pack up early and head for the bus-stop to hop a bus back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, the rest of your day is free to do your own things. You could do some last minute shopping and packing, or send a few post cards home or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Day 11: Depart Kathmandu
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking, etc - please don't hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it's been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
Please Note: that although we will go the lengths to follow the itinerary given above, at times local trails or unpredictable weather patterns may necessitate slight changes if necessary. The trekking itinerary may also sometimes vary slightly depending on our trekkers' acclimatization rates. This adventure goes into wild territory above the timberline, so we seek to request maximum flexibility if and when required for the success and safety of your trip and your life.
A ‘TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cozy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we ensure that the lodges provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Don’t be surprised if the delectable ‘apple pie’ lands on your plate, it’s literally‘yummy’’, even better than the ones you come across in Thamel. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites…Bon Appétit!!
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
Budget : $1111
Standard : $1213
Deluxe : $1446
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM
- 7N Tea Houses on the trail
- One English speaking guide
- Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
- 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during Trekking
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop (international & domestic)
- All ground transfer as per itinerary
- KTM-LUK-KTM Domestic air tickets
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) during Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expense
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personnel Insurance
- Emergency Evacuation
- All other personal expenses
- Nepal visa fees
- Entrane Fees
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square
- Patan Durbar Square
- Pashupatinath Temple
- Boudhanath Stupa
- Swayambhunath Stupa
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.